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BRONWEN FINDLAY (article first published : 2002-06-2)

Itís been just on a year since seasoned Durban art dealers Tony Stephen and Maria Soares opened their own business, Tamasa Gallery in Overport.

To mark the event, their first exhibition will run from June 5 to 22 and features Bronwen Findlayís newest developments, her first solo exhibition since 1996. Bronwen, a MA Fine Arts Cum Laude graduate of the University of Natal, is a productive artist, having held many exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her work is prized by collectors and esteemed by galleries throughout South Africa. No less than 14 public galleries own examples of her work.

The new work is a collection of paintings, the subject matter of which is an amalgamation of the patterns found on old-fashioned linoleum, and plants from Botanical Gardens, Durban. The application of the paint, thick and luscious, as well as the colour, is an important as the source material. The decorative qualities found in old lino flooring contrasts with the more aggressive painterly marks that represent flowers.

This landmark exhibition whose qualities make it clear why Bronwen Findlay is a nominee for the prestigious FNB Vita Art prize.




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